Drum Racks and Programming Drums in Ableton Live

drum racks
Stop by our offices this Friday for our free workshop on Drum Racks and Programming Drums on Ableton Live with local musician and producer Mitchell Owens!

The Drum Rack in Ableton Live is a unique device that allows the producer to expand the ways in which they program MIDI drum parts in their tracks. With a similar look to pad based drum machines, sick the Drum Rack is a vital tool in any Ableton Live users arsenal. For drum pad playing enthusiasts, healing the Drum Rack is a great way to be creative and play not only Drums but full song arrangements as well. In this workshop we will go over the various components and features of the Drum Rack including the built in mixer, macros, and internal effect sends. We will also talk about creative ways to expand the capability of the Drum Rack by using other tools in Ableton Live like the Instrument Rack, and how to use the Drum Rack for more than just programming drum patterns.

About the instructor:

mitchMitchell Owens is a guitar player , sound designer, and electronic composer/producer from Durham, NC. He attended Berklee College of Music right here in Boston and has over 5 years of experience with Ableton Live producing and performing music under the moniker Subalias, as well as doing sound design and soundtrack composition for independent films and animations. Mitchell’s music blends the organic and synthetic for a balanced fusion inspired by sample based Hip­Hop, Downtempo, House, Funk and R&B. He believes in freedom of creation and expression and likes to cater to students’ specific needs in order to teach them the proper skills and techniques needed to achieve their musical goals.

Ableton Live Meetup 8/21


Interested in boosting your knowledge of Ableton?  On Friday, August 21st, the Mmmmaven Project will be hosting their FREE monthly Ableton Live Meetup.  These meetups allow musicians of all levels to fine tune their producing and mixing skills in Ableton Live with the help of Mmmmaven instructors and special guests.

These meetups are also a great opportunity to network with other musicians and get involved in Boston’s music scene.

Production Classroom

This month’s topics are:

Sound Design w/ Hardware Synthesizers in Ableton Live taught by Mitchell Owens, Berklee graduate, sound designer and electronic composer/producer from Durham, North Carolina.

Synthesizer petting zoo

Interested in learning to DJ or produce music with Ableton Live?  Click here for more information on Mmmmaven and available courses.

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The Most Affordable Hardware Synthesizers in the World Today



In bygone days hardware synths were a serious investment. Proper synthesizer instruments that made real sounds and had real knobs and faders to twiddle were reserved for those with serious cash to splash, and the rest of us had to make do with virtual recreations in the form of VST plugins.

The affordable end of synth market has, however, exploded in recent years. Big brands like Korg and Moog have begun to do the unthinkable and bring out high-quality synths in compact and sensibly priced packages, and producing competitively-priced hardware now seems to be the height of fashion.

Here’s your top 5 most affordable hardware synths.

1. Korg Monotron Range



Cheap-as-chips analogue oscillators in pocket-sized boxes, each with a ribbon controller and built-in speaker. The original monotron features LFO and VCF controls, the monotron Duo adds a second oscillator whilst the monotron Delay adds a great – if fairly simple – delay section. They also feature a classic Korg MS-10/MS-20-style filter, which you can feed external sounds through. All three are irresistibly fun.


2. Korg Volca Range



Three distinct boxes of compact, analogue sound for the sort of price you’d expect to pay for a top-end plugin. The Volca Beats offers four analogue drum parts, four PCM percussive synth parts and a great delay section. The Volca Bass features a three-oscillator bass synth and 303-style filter. The Volca Keys, meanwhile, is a three-note polyphonic synth with built in delay. All three feature step sequencers and a variety of performance features.


3. Meeblip Anode



Cute and compact, the MeeBlip anode offers dual digital pulse wave oscillators and an analogue filter. It might be little, but it’s cleverly designed and offers a big, dirty sound.


4. Korg Monotribe



The monotribe features a fleshed-out version of the analogue synth engine found in the monotrons, along with the classic filter, but it also adds a three part synth drum section and Electribe-inspired step-sequencer.


5. Waldorf Rocket



A unique sounding analogue monosynth in a compact and very affordable package. Despite being merely a single oscillator synth on paper, the Rocket’s clever shaping options, excellent filter and Boost mode can create a deceptively broad range of sounds.


For the complete list of all 21 analog and digital hardware synthesizers under $1,000 follow this link.

Learn to DJ or Complete A Track in Just A Month!

Do you want to learn how to DJ or produce music without taking months, or even years, figuring out the industry’s hardware and software on your own? Then sign up for our month-long weekend courses! In just 4 weeks you’ll learn the ins and outs of DJing or electronic music production from the pros here at Mmmmaven.

Are you a Mmmmaven?In the DJ Program you’ll learn everything about the history of the art, the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of equipment, and how the DJ setup works. You’ll get hands-on experience with the gear and learn basic music theory, mixing techniques with Serato, advanced concepts such as scratching and sampling, and even how to market and promote yourself. By the end of this class, you’ll be prepared to perform a live set! It’s the best way to get a head start on your DJing career!

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In the Music Production Program you’ll learn how to successfully compose a track from scratch. Classes will explain how to develop critical listening and vocabulary, how to build bass lines and drum parts, mixing techniques, programming MIDI and synths, and sound design. Students will also learn basic music theory, song forms, and workflow development to ensure the completion of tracks. Working with Ableton from the start prepares students for what may lie ahead in a career of music production. By the end of this course you’ll know everything you need to make music electronically!

Ableton Live

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